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Issue Details: First known date: 1976... 1976 A Fringe of Leaves
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Notes

  • Dedication: To Desmond Digby
  • Epigraph:

    'A perfect Woman, nobly planned,/To warn, to comfort, and command.'. -William Wordsworth

    Dialogue between Rat-Wife and Almers from Henrik Ibsen's Little Eyolf.

    'If there is some true good in a man, it can only be unknown to himself.' - Simone Weil

    'Love is your last chance. There is really nothing else on earth to keep you there.' -Louis Aragon

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

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      Jonathan Cape ,
      1976 .
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      Extent: 405p.
      Reprinted: 1977
    • Harmondsworth, Middlesex,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin ,
      1977 .
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      Extent: 365p.
      Note/s:
      • Reprinted fourteen times by 1993.
      ISBN: 0140044094
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Viking ,
      1977 .
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      Extent: 405p.
      Reprinted: 1977
      Note/s:
      • Photolithographic reprint of English first edition.
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Avon Books ,
      1978 .
      Extent: 373p.
    • London,
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      Vintage ,
      1997 .
      image of person or book cover 4257281297370702508.jpg
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      Extent: 405p.
      ISBN: 0099749211
Alternative title: Gedile alim
Language: Hebrew
    • Tel-Aviv,
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      Israel,
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      'Ām 'Ôvēd ,
      1978 .
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      Extent: 373p.

Other Formats

  • Also braille and sound recording.
  • Sound recording. (2019)

Works about this Work

From Ellen Gluyas to Ellen Roxburgh to Mab : Shifting Identities in Patrick White's A Fringe of Leaves Hem Raj Bansal , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Narratives of Estrangement and Belonging : Indo-Australian Perspectives 2016; (p. 129-151)

'This paper is an analysis of the characters in Patrick Whites' A Fringe of Leaves. Bansal states : 

'This paper seeks to unravel Ennen's consistent formulation and reformulation of her identities from her childhood to her stay with the Aboriginals and later with Jack Chance, an escaped convict. It further shows how the novelist's concern with history is not fetishized or partisan but an impartial one where a character plunges into both the worlds and leaves it to the readers to find out which one is more humane. It would further explore the issues of belongingness and nostalgia in terms of Ellen Roxburgh's shifts in locale.' (130)

'Time and Its Fellow Conspirator Space' : Patrick White's A Fringe of Leaves Brigid Rooney , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Patrick White beyond the Grave : New Critical Perspectives 2015; (p. 163-177)
'...Brigid Rooney explores what she refers to as the 'chronotopic system' of the narative in White's A Fringe of Leaves (1976). (Introduction 9)
Becoming Indigenous : A Comparative Analysis of Patrick White's A Fringe of Leaves and Gail Jones' Sorry Xing Chunli , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies – Proceedings of the 14th International Conference of Australian Studies in China 2015; (p. 123-131)
'Drawing on Deleuze's concept of 'becoming', this paper explores the indigenizing processes of the two female protagonists in Patrick White's A Fringe of Leaves and Gail Jones' Sorry, respectively. Becoming-indigenous, as one form of becoming-minor, serves as an escape, a line of flight from the dominant molar lines of the majority, which, in these two novels, are represented b the binary oppositions of the white settlers and the Aboriginal people. The process of indigenization represents the white settlers' search for the possibility of white indigeneity, the potential for the white settlers' belonging within the land. Though focusing on different historical periods, the former on first contact, the latter on the assimilation period, both of the novels adopted the strategy of becoming as a counter-narrative and subverted the dominant European discourses, accommodating the spiritual needs of a young Australian in its continual urge towards self-definition.' (123)
Nature Writ Large : Eco-Interpretation of Patrick White's Novels Xiang Lan , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies – Proceedings of the 14th International Conference of Australian Studies in China 2015; (p. 86-97)
'This article seeks to reveal how Patrick White's ecological aesthetic sense is developed progressively in his major works. If we read his works in green fro the ecological content we can see nature writ large in series of his novels: The Tree of Man, a man's poetic dream of life in the bush is destroyed by the devastating effects of urban expansion; Voss, an ego-centric German's conquest of nature causes his failure and death in the Australian outback; in A Fringe of Leaves, a young woman's true nature is presented and when she is precipitated into the primitive, savage natural world she finds "the hero within" herself.' (86)
Literature : A Step in the Right Direction Noela McNamara , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Etropic , vol. 13 no. 1 2014;
'Literature offers the opportunity to encounter worlds beyond one’s own circumstances, environment, and situation. As an intercultural phenomenon, literary critique and analysis without borders can only be achieved by recognising cultural borders. Reading the literature of different cultures opens literary discourses to cross-cultural dialogue, but for too long, the lack of Indigenous literature within Australian literary discourses stymied the social potential of this intercultural phenomenon. Pressure from the global literary community has necessitated a vast shift of white consciousness to actively embrace narratives of different cultural dimensions, and novels that highlight cultural borders have become a key feature of Australian literature. Invisible literary borders have become apparent through exposure to the once silent voices that now emphasise messages of difference. Indigenous writers including Alexis Wright, Sally Morgan, Kim Scott, Jackie Huggins, Anita Heiss, Larissa Behrendt and Alice Nannup have opened reader consciousness to a broad scope of Indigenous perspectives. Within the arena of literary theories, the writer, reader and novels themselves have all had moments of glory, and while particular texts or authors have been immortalised, others have slipped into oblivion. Through the first person narrative of a non-Indigenous woman, this paper reveals how an intercultural literary experience revealed the restrictions of standard literary critique practices and inspired the creation of a relational discourse to engage with Indigenous voices as part of a methodological process. This intercultural literary process has the potential to inspire cultural awareness through acceptance and understanding of difference to overcome cultural unconsciousness. Such development has the capacity to destabilise invisible borders embedding lasting change in the consciousness of Australian readers and provide a foundational and fundamental step toward sustainable outcomes for Indigenous people.' (Publication summary)
Varieties of Courage Elizabeth Perkins , 1976 single work review
— Appears in: LiNQ , vol. 5 no. 2 1976; (p. 91-98)

— Review of Miss Herbert (The Suburban Wife) Christina Stead , 1976 single work novel ; A Fringe of Leaves Patrick White , 1976 single work novel
A Woman's Life and Love Leonie Kramer , 1976 single work review
— Appears in: Quadrant , November vol. 20 no. 11 1976; (p. 62-63)

— Review of A Fringe of Leaves Patrick White , 1976 single work novel
Nature and Legend John McLaren , 1976 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , no. 65 1976; (p. 71-72)

— Review of A Fringe of Leaves Patrick White , 1976 single work novel
[Review] A Fringe of Leaves John Barnes , 1976 single work review
— Appears in: New Statesman , 10 September vol. 42 no. 1976; (p. 34)

— Review of A Fringe of Leaves Patrick White , 1976 single work novel
[Review] A Fringe of Leaves P. Beer , 1976 single work review
— Appears in: Listener , vol. 96 no. 1976; (p. 409-10)

— Review of A Fringe of Leaves Patrick White , 1976 single work novel
'The Bee in the Hive' : Women and Knowledge in Patrick White's The Tree of Man and A Fringe of Leaves Julie Mullaney , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: A Fringe of Papers : Offshore Perspectives on Australian History and Literature 1999; (p. 87-105)
Examines the construction of woman and the status of her knowledge within the pre-pastoral, pastoral, and anti-pastoral worlds evoked in the two novels by White.
Patrick White's Aesthetic Noel Macainsh , 1984 single work criticism
— Appears in: LiNQ , [Triple Issue] vol. 12 no. 1-3 1984; (p. 55-70) The Pathos of Distance 1992; (p. 304-319)
Patrick White and the Aesthetics of Death Noel Macainsh , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: LiNQ , vol. 15 no. 2 1987; (p. 2-14) The Pathos of Distance 1992; (p. 290-303)
Patrick White: An International Perspective John Colmer , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Breaking Circles 1991; (p. 182-196)
y separately published work icon The Structure of Two Novels by Patrick White : The Eye of the Storm (1973) and A Fringe of Leaves (1976) David Kelly , 1979 Z1163297 1979 single work thesis
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